WATERTOWN, MASS. (January 21, 2016)- On January 28, 2016 CatholicTV will air the Catholic University of America’s annual Mass to kick off the second semester of the academic year and National Catholic Schools Week on the patronal feast day of St. Thomas Aquinas. The Mass will air LIVE from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception at 12:10 p.m. and rebroadcast at 8 p.m.

The Mass is hosted by the Catholic University of America and the Dominican House of Studies, in association with the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA). 

This year, Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J., bishop of Youngstown, Ohio; chairman of the NCEA Board of Directors; and chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Catholic Education, will be the principal celebrant of the University Mass. Very Reverend John Langlois, O.P., president, and Reverend Thomas Petri, O.P., vice president, of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies, will serve as principal concelebrants.

Reverend Peter Cameron, O.P., editor-in-chief of Magnificat, will be homilist. Father Cameron holds an M.F.A. in playwriting from Catholic University.

The Dominican House of Studies Schola along with students from Catholic University will serve as the choir.

About Catholic University of America:

The Catholic University of America, founded in 1887 by the U.S. Catholic bishops with the support of Pope Leo XIII, is the national university of the Catholic Church in the United States. This year marks the fourth time that Catholic University has invited NCEA (www.ncea.org) to join in the annual Mass. To find out more information about CUA please visit: http://www.cua.edu/about-cua/.

About Catholic Schools Week

National Catholic Schools Week, founded in 1974, is a project of NCEA. The theme of this year’s National Catholic Schools Week is Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service. Harry J. Dudley and Barbara McCrabb of the USCCB’s Office of the Secretariat of Catholic Education also will attend the Mass. For more information on National Catholic Schools Week, visit www.ncea.org/our-services/catholic-schools-week.

About the CatholicTV Network:

The CatholicTV Network is a national cable television network also streaming a live feed 24 hours a day at CatholicTVLIVE.com. The CatholicTV Network represents a cable TV station available in more than 14 million homes, an interactive website with television-like live and video-on-demand, mobile apps and a monthly printed and digital magazine.